Bubble-netting Humpback Whales! 2024

Sitka, AK, USA

DW
Mar 22 - 27, 2024
Group size: 3 - 5
Bubble-netting Humpback Whales! 2024
Sitka, AK, USA


$NaN
Mar 22 - 27, 2024
Group size: 3 - 5

About this trip

Early each spring, hundreds of Humpback Whales migrate across the Pacific to Alaska. The whales have eaten little for months, and by the time they return to Alaska, they are hungry. Fortunately for them, schools of spawning herring are abundant, the perfect food supply. But Humpbacks have a strategy to make catching them even easier, a cooperative feeding technique called “Bubble-net feeding”. A whale, or more often, a group of up to several whales, dives down below a school of herring. They then circle, blowing a stream of bubbles from their blow-holes. They spiral upward and inward, forcing the herring into a tight ball. As they near the surface, all the whales lunge upward, their mouths agape, sucking down hundreds or thousands of fish in the process. This trip, based in the southeast Alaska community of Sitka, is timed to hit the window when the hungry whales are bubble-net feeding like crazy.

What’s included

  • Lodging
    5 nights hotel in Sitka
  • 4 day of boat charters
  • Guide service
  • All meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Flight to and from AK
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Sitka

Independent Arrival in Sitka. I'll meet you at the airport, or arrange an airport transfer to our hotel. We'll meet for a group dinner where can get to know one another and talk about the next days' adventures. 

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David W. Shaw Photo Workshops
David W. Shaw Photography Workshops offers small group photo workshops and tours in Alaska, the lower 48, Africa, South, and Central America. Custom trips and scheduled workshops will take you from the wilds of Alaska's Brooks Range to the wildlife-filled wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta. Join me!